Grateful Dead Live at Wembley Empire Pool on 1972-04-08
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Grateful Dead Live at Wembley Empire Pool on 1972-04-08
- Publication date
- 1972-04-08 ( check for other copies)
- Soundboard, Charlie Miller, Steve Rolfe
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
This show has been commercially released as " Europe '72: The Complete Recordings - All The Music Edition"
d1t01 - Bertha
d1t02 - Me And My Uncle
d1t03 - Mr. Charlie
d1t04 - Deal
d1t05 - Black Throated Wind
d1t06 - Next Time You See Me
d1t07 - Yellow Dog Story
d1t08 - Cumberland Blues
d1t09 - Brown Eyed Women
d1t10 - Beat It On Down The Line
d1t11 - Tennessee Jed
d1t12 - Playing In The Band
d1t13 - Good Lovin'
d2t01 - Looks Like Rain
d2t02 - Casey Jones
d2t03 - Truckin'
d2t04 - Big Railroad Blues
d2t05 - It Hurts Me Too
d3t01 - Dark Star ->
d3t02 - Sugar Magnolia ->
d3t03 - Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)
d3t04 - One More Saturday Night
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|Me And My Uncle|
|Black Throated Wind|
|Next Time You See Me|
|Yellow Dog Story|
|Brown Eyed Women|
|Beat It On Down The Line|
|Playing In The Band|
|Looks Like Rain|
|Big Railroad Blues|
|It Hurts Me Too|
|Dark Star ->|
|Sugar Magnolia ->|
|Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)|
|One More Saturday Night|
-- All disc changes are seamless
-- Thanks to Steve Rolfe for the Dat
-- Cumberland Blues patched from shnid=2534
-- Pigpen sings "Who Do You Love" during Caution
- 2008-05-07 14:21:58
- Dat (Sony R500) -> Samplitude Profesional v9.02 -> FLAC
- London, England
- This show has been commercially released as " Europe '72: The Complete Recordings - All The Music Edition"
- Run time
- Transferred by
- Charlie Miller
- Wembley Empire Pool
Subject: 2nd E72
Second hot night in a row to start the tour (and they only get better). A tight and sparkly show that BITD was known only for the Dark Star. But both sets are consistently good, and about a dozen songs are Grade A for the era. The tour is hot enough that it takes a lot for one show to stand out. Nonetheless, of the 22 shows, this is top 8. The venue was called Empire Pool; is now called Wembley Arena.
First Set. The Bertha opener gives you the theme of the set: sparks. The OFF is clearer, and mixed from multitrack, but Keith is faint or missing. Choose between hearing Keith [SBD] or louder Bobby's guitar (I find piano important to this set). Uncle & Charlie are both tops, and Black-Throated is a rare version that feels effortless, not forced, with Keith the magic ingredient – even if it's not quite as good as the night before. This Cumberland is the best-known of all, but entirely worthy of the attention [there's piano on the SBD; the original E72 version is a varispeed master, sped by +3.5%]. Though not sour, Brown Eyed Women isn't the best of the tour. Played with alacrity, Beat it On Down the Line-12 is a shot of juice before an ace Tennessee Jed. This Playing in the Band is the one you want; it keeps delivering like UPS in a pandemic. Good Lovin' is crazy good, and check out Keith. Looks Like Rain is good, but almost a respite. Casey Jones can be rote, but not here, where it's just great [piano mix now crucial].
Second Set. Truckin' is solid, but it's not going to compare to some of the others on the tour. Big Railroad, though, is hotter than soup. Steppin' Out has the superior mix for that as well as the Pig-tour-de-force version of Hurts Me Too. Bobby jokes that the feedback is an "Olympic Solo" (the Empire Pool was used for the '48 Olympics). Dark Star was released just months after it was performed, and then on two further albums. On Glastonbury Fayre it's called "Dark Star....bury" (a common trade BITD of B&P, it fades in at the 5: 26 mark; and fades out after 24mins). Dark Star is a must-hear-once, but really it's not, say, 5/18, and the cool sections come ten minutes in between. The last 4mins are best. The (sort of) Mind Left Body jam is the second of just three in '72 – though here in the key of A, and with a different cadence than '73 in A (the first '72 is in C; 9/21 is in D). Bobby only has to play the riff twice for Jer to pick it up, but he does not play the MLB descending half-step sequence, instead playing a similar riff of whole steps in A major (so, you can see why one argument is that this isn't a MLB). This does set up perfectly for Sugar Mag (an A major song). This Dark Star, though, flounders a lot without setting on a point. See what you think (Steppin' Out mix is better). However there are a couple (brief) cool sections in Caution. Steppin' Out & SBDs have a 33sec cut @1:19 (restored in box set OFF), and all copies have another cut 6: 16 later, of perhaps similar length. The Dark Star>Caution jam seq is 39min. One More Saturday has okay verses, a great solo, and a rough finish from Bobby.
1st Set: A
2nd Set: B-
Overall = 4½ stars
Me & My Uncle - sparks emerge
Mr. Charlie - Pig at peak
Black-Throated Wind - effortless
Cumberland Blues - too familiar but too good
Beat it on Down the Line - a shot
Tennessee Jed - that E72 sound
Playing in the Band - tour best, overall
Good Lovin'- crazy good
Casey Jones - Keith great, for one
Big Railroad Blues - hotter
Hurts Me Too - Pig tour de force
SOURCES: The miller_83714 has the best sound, but is missing the intro/announcements, Yellow Dog Story is misplaced, Caution is edited, the beginning is clipped on Bertha & LLR, and a few tunings/patter are missing. Older circulating copies usually run too slow and are missing Cumberland. An excerpted Dark Star is on Glastonbury Fayre. Cumberland is on the original Europe '72 and Looks Like Rain is on CD versions. Steppin' Out has most of six songs. Europe Complete (and a vinyl breakout of 4/8) has the whole show, but the mix is inferior to the SBD and Steppin', and the first disc runs a bit fast, needing -1% pitch correction.
Subject: cheers guvnah
The Dark Star embodies every style and genre of modern and/or pop music. Out-Frigging-Rageous!
Subject: Omfg!!! Like sitting down & smoking a doobie with an old friend!!!
Subject: Great listen.
Subject: One of the most intense Dark Stars ever
Subject: I am drowning in you
Thanks to Mind Wondrin'
for the reviews
and Light into Ashes
I have gained some cool insights into the music.
Subject: Outstanding Spring 72' Show
Subject: Amazaing thematic jamming!
Apparently the band was feeling a bit warmer on this night because the second show at Wembley is certainly among the hottest performances of the tour as well as a top ten of 1972. Playin' in the Band is dynamite and possibly the best performance of this song on the tour. The interplay between Jerry and Phil on this one is mindboggling! Looks Like Rain is a remarkable rendition with Jerry on the pedal steel. Cumberland Blues and a terrific Good Lovin' round out a very well played first set.
The extraordinary Dark Star, with its beautiful Mind Left Body Jam is among the very best ever performed from any era. Some of the Dark Stars performed on this tour are are celebrated for their pre-verse explorations. This one is special because of its post-verse thematic jamming. The segue into the gorgeous Sugar Magnolia is beautiful and sublime. In spite of the extraordinary Dark Star, the high point of the show just might be the smoking version of Caution, featuring some blistering Garcia leads, and a bit of slide work as well.
Its amazing how quickly the band found its footing on the continent just into their second performance, with a gorgeous sound and tone quite unique to this tour. (99+ pts)
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